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Grabbing a Neo-Assyrian Empire army for DBA (because I fell in love with the minis), and I have only the most vague feel for the history of the region. Any suggestions?
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Somewhere here in my library is an excellent--and inexpensive--book of maps from Oxford (I think) that covers ancient history. It may very well be "The Oxford Atlas of Ancient History." The period is one of my least studied and all the foreign names and places merge for me into a vague sense of history as shifting sands. A good friend swears by the book, however, as an excellent starting point for studying ancient civilizations.

EDIT: Released by Penguin. http://www.amazon.com/The-Penguin-Atlas-Ancient-History/dp/0...
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Kindle version is 99 cents

http://www.amazon.com/History-Babylonians-Assyrians-ebook/dp...
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cruces wrote:


But perhaps a bit dated.
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Looking at some related items from those two I see this:

http://www.amazon.com/History-Ancient-Near-East-3000/dp/1405...



Anyone know anything about this? I might grab it just for a better background in the whole region and (admittedly long) period.

EDIT: and of course, thanks for the recommendations!
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Not a book, but I have enjoyed this podcast on the ancient world in general (its broader than just Neo-Assyria, but definitely spends a decent amount of time on them).
http://ancientworldpodcast.blogspot.com

Hardcore History also has an episode on the fall of Neo-Assyria, but you do have to cough up $2 for it.
http://dancarlin.com/dccart/index.php?main_page=product_musi...
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For ancient Iraq, I recommend:

http://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Iraq-Third-Penguin-History/dp/...


If you want to concentrate on Assyria, try

http://www.amazon.com/Assyrian-Empire-World-History/dp/15600...

If you like Archaeology, there are a lot of copies of Layard and his works. I'm not a fan but I hear they are good if you like that kind of thing:

http://www.foliosociety.com/book/NNV/nineveh-and-babylon

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flintlocklaser wrote:
Looking at some related items from those two I see this:

http://www.amazon.com/History-Ancient-Near-East-3000/dp/1405...



Anyone know anything about this? I might grab it just for a better background in the whole region and (admittedly long) period.

EDIT: and of course, thanks for the recommendations!


Van de Mieroop is an excellent overview, certainly the most current. He has about 30 pages on the Neo period. To go even deeper, the two volumes from Routledge, The Ancient Near East, by Amelie Kuhrt, is the next step up. Volume Two's section on the Neo-Assyrian Empire runs 60+ pages. Kurht is still cited, despite being almost twenty years old, as THE survey of the region.

Sagg's The Might That Was Assyria is still valuable, particulary if you want to focus just on the Assyrians. The Blackwell Ancient World at War series has been promising a volume on Assyria for years (War in the Assyrian Empire by Frederick Mario Fales), but hasn't delivered yet. Amazon shows it for release on 30 Jan 2014, but I'll believe it when I see it.

Apart from the Osprey volume, the only military work out there is in French, but if you can read it, Malbran-Labat's L'Armee et l'Organisation Militaire de l'Assyrie is superb.

Hope this helps!
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Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600 BC: Holy Warriors at the Dawn of History by William Hamblin. Part of the excellent Routledge Warfare and History series and quite recent (2006)
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Great, I teach him the DBX system and he immediately runs to the fold of The Evil Empire
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Great, I teach him the DBX system and he immediately runs to the fold of The Evil Empire;)


I thought that was Games Workshop...

Edit: and again, thanks for all the suggestions! This being DBA for the first time I'll be spending way way more on research material than my actual army!
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flintlocklaser wrote:

Edit: and again, thanks for all the suggestions! This being DBA for the first time I'll be spending way way more on research material than my actual army!


which is why it's such a great rules set
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